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The Yellow God: An Idol of Africa Kindle Edition
A former British Army major voyages to West Africa to discover a lost city of gold in this adventure novel by the author of King Solomon’s Mines.
Since a bout of blackwater fever robbed Maj. Alan Vernon of his military post, he has cast about for a new vocation. A business scheme in the Sahara seems like the perfect fit for his engineering skills, until revelations about his partners give him pause. To save his family estate, Vernon decides to undertake his African venture on his own.
Years ago, Vernon’s uncle brought a small golden idol back from Western Africa. The idol itself is worth little, but its strange powers will lead Vernon on a perilous journey to a world of riches. And there he will meet a beautiful but fearsome tribal ruler who is determined to make him her next husband.
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- ASIN : B0BDDXND2H
- Publisher : Open Road Media (October 18, 2022)
- Publication date : October 18, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2211 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 244 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1500948802
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Principal characters are: Major Alan Vernon, a 32 years-old military engineer, released from the army following a heavy bout of blackwater fever contracted while serving in Western Africa; Sir Robert Aylward and Mr. Champers-Haswell, wealthy partners in an investment firm suspected by many of shady dealings; Barbara Champers, Mr. Champers-Haswell’s niece, a wealthy heiress of 22 whose fortune and future are subject to control of her uncle until she reaches age 25; Jeekie, Major Vernon’s negro servant and all-around helper, advisor and confidant, former member of the little-known Asiki tribe who came to England in the employ of the Major’s long-dead uncle; Asika, priestess and ruler of the Asiki tribe and worshiper of Little Bonsa and Big Bonsa, golden fetishes with magical powers. Little Bonsa had been brought from Africa to England by Major Vernon’s uncle and his servant Jeekie.
As in most Rider Haggard tales, there is a love interest, in this case between Alan and Barbara, with Sir Robert, who is almost old enough to be her father, also being attracted to Barbara. The story starts in London, where the partnership of Aylward and Champers-Haswell is preparing to float a stock offering of the “Sahara Project,” conceived and technically planned by Major Vernon who also has a small ownership in the partnership. Major Vernon resigns from the firm the weekend before the stock float because of ethical concerns and in doing so goes from expectations of wealth to the reality of serious personal financial challenges. Most of the remainder of the tale involves Major Vernon and Jeekie returning Little Bonsa to its place of origin in Africa in search of gold which is plentiful with, and of limited value to the Asiki tribe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and think it is one of Rider Haggard’s most creative and imaginative. It is more a “lost world” adventure than a realistic story. It is not great literature, but it is very entertaining and well worth reading.
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Anyway, "The Yellow God," while certainly not in the same league as "She" (but then again, how many books are?), is still quite an entertaining yarn. It is lesser Haggard, sure, but I still prefer even the lesser works of the man who has been called "the greatest adventure fantasist of all time" over most others. The book's main fault, I feel, is that it is not adequately fleshed out, not as detailed, as some of the author's best works. Indeed, the description of Bonsa Town, the main village of the Asiki, is somewhat difficult to envision, and the sketchy information that Haggard gives us (an island, a waterfall) only succeeds in making the place dreamlike; almost surreal. As for the yellow god of the title, the so-called Little Bonsa, it is difficult to tell whether the darn thing is a statue or a mask, and just how the wearer of the thing is able to see out of its bejeweled eyes. Still, I suppose that these are minor matters, and that most readers will be content to settle into a fast-moving adventure that is both exciting and amusing. And most of that amusement, for me anyway, comes from the Asiki native Jeekie, who is easily the most well-drawn and appealing character in the entire book. Unlike Quatermain's diminutive Hottentot sidekick Hans, Jeekie is very tall and very strong; similar to Hans, he is also very funny. His manner of expression, a unique blend of the King's English and pidgin slang, is a real riot, and he never seems to be at a loss for an amusing quip. For example, check out what he yells at one of the attacking dwarves that he has just blown away: "Ah! my boy...how you like bullet in tail? You not know Paradox guaranteed flat 'jectory 250 yard. You remember that next time, sonny." Longtime fans of Haggard will not be surprised to learn that, like Hans, Jeekie proves himself the toughest, smartest and most resourceful character around. He elevates the book above the commonplace, much more so, at least, than the comparatively colorless Vernon. Anyway, I suppose that the bottom line is that "The Yellow God" is not up to the same extraordinarily high standards of many of the author's other tales, but still provides fine entertainment value. It's an easy read, a real page-turner, and I can honestly recommend it to one and all. And oh...just wait till you see what Vernon does to the Big Bonsa. Very strange, in the extreme!